Major: Infectious Disease
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Semester
Total Credit Hours: 36.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 26.0508
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 19-1022; 19-1029
About the Program
The Master of Science in Infectious Disease program provides graduate-level training in various aspects of basic, translational, and clinical research related to infectious disease. Emphasis is placed on research and development efforts focused on new diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines used to prevent and/or treat infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, influenza, malaria, and other diseases caused by viral, bacterial, parasitic, and fungal pathogens.
Special attention is given to the study of therapeutic and vaccine target identification, the discovery and development of drugs and vaccines, and a greater understanding of resistance and immune escape mechanisms that reduce treatment effectiveness.
The program includes two years of required and elective graduate courses as well as a comprehensive research internship to be completed during the course of the training program. The internship encompasses one of three specific areas of research in the field of infectious disease:
- basic discovery involving infectious bacterial, viral, fungal, or parasitic pathogens that cause human disease;
- translational research focused on the development of new approaches to diagnose, prevent, or treat infectious diseases; and
- clinical infectious disease research.
Elective courses available to students in the program provide knowledge and expertise in areas relevant to infectious disease research, such as animal model use in biotechnology, emerging infectious diseases, vaccines and vaccine development, biotechniques and laboratory research, and principles of biocontainment.
The program is designed to prepare students for careers in infectious disease in government, industry, and academic environments. The program is ideally suited for enhancing the scientific credentials of recent college graduates, early career scientists, premedical students, industrial employees, and clinical laboratory technicians.
Although most students will complete the program in two years, some may opt to enroll on a part-time basis, taking up to four years to complete the degree program. While the program can be completed without a dissertation, a thesis option is available. Most courses are offered during the late afternoon or early evening to accommodate students who may be employed during the day in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and biomedical arenas. Most courses are offered both live and online, providing the student the flexibility to enroll in one or the other.
For acceptance into the Master of Science in Infectious Disease program, the applicant must have completed a four-year biology or chemistry-related BA or BS degree program with undergraduate coursework in biology, microbiology, immunology, chemistry, biochemistry, mathematics, and/or other related subjects. Although a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 is strongly desired, an applicant with a lower cumulative GPA will be considered if other strengths are apparent in the application.
To be considered for acceptance, an applicant must provide the following as part of a complete online application for admission:
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
- A current curriculum vitae (cv) or resume
- References from at least three instructors or professionals
Although standardized test scores are not required for admission, official copies of scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) will be considered if submitted as part of the application.
International applicants (non-United States citizens) must meet the same requirements for admission as students from the United States. In addition to the above requirements, applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate the ability to speak, write, and understand the English language by submitting an acceptable score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Acceptance into the program will be decided by considering the sum of the applicant’s undergraduate curriculum, cumulative GPA, GRE/MCAT scores, recommendation letters, and relevant research or professional experiences.
Visit the Master of Science in Infectious Disease program website for more detailed information. For additional information regarding application deadlines, the online application process, and specific requirements for applying to the College of Medicine, visit Drexel University's Graduate Admissions site.
|IDPT 501S||Biostatistics I||2.0|
|IDPT 500S||Responsible Conduct of Research||2.0|
|MIIM 527S||Immunology, Immunopathology & Infectious Diseases||3.0|
|MIIM 530S||Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine I||2.0-3.0|
|MIIM 531S||Fundamentals of Molecular Medicine II||2.0|
|MIIM 532S||Fund. Mol. Med. III||2.0|
|MIIM 533S||Fundamentals in Molecular Medicine V||1.0|
|MIIM 545S||Introduction to Infectious Diseases||5.0|
|MIIM 534S||Fund. Molecular Med. VI||1.0|
|MIIM 606S||Micro & Immuno Seminar||1.0|
|MIIM 652S||Research Internship in Infectious Diseases||6.0|
|MIIM 653S||Clinical Correlations in Infectious Disease||3.0|
|Vaccines and Vaccine Development|
|Principles of Biocontainment|
|Animal Models in Biotechnology|
|Viruses and Viral Infections|
|Bacteria and Bacterial Infections|
|Mycology, Fungal Infections and Antibiotics|
|Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases|
|Molec. Mech. Of Micro. Path|
|Emerging Infectious Diseases|
|Biotechniques and Laboratory Research I|
|Biotechniques and Laboratory Research II|